SMALL PANTRY IDEA – STORE YOUR DRY GOODS IN A KITCHEN DRAWER.
Here’s a confession. I’ve always dreamt about having an organized kitchen drawer, but to be honest I’m not really that naturally organized person!
I’m not the person who just has to put everything straight back after using something.( I really, really wish I was that organized person though!)
I think I’m more of the type that’s probably born messy (if that’s possible?), but who would like nothing else than to actually be organized!
Searching Pinterest for organizing ideas, is SO my happy place! Race your hand anyone that can relate, haha.
Organized kitchen drawer? Yes, please!
I’ve always dreamt of having a huge walk-in pantry, where EVERYTHING has its own dedicated spot (don’t we all dream of that?)
But at this moment we just don’t have an extra room we could use as a pantry – so we’ll just have to be creative and use the space we have available.
Fortunately we have really deep drawers in our kitchen, and that’s how I came up with the idea to organize and store as much as I can in my kitchen drawers.
Unfortunately my largest kitchen drawer isn’t looking all that great to be honest. Right now I think you could say our kitchen drawers and cabinets are more like a nightmare than a dream, that’s for sure. Have a look.
Here you see we got all kinds of different boxes and containers, and really just a great selection of chaos going on. Not at all that organized kitchen drawer that I’ve been dreaming about!
To my defense, it’s only been a few months since we moved into our new house. A lot of the kitchen supplies, foods etc were just placed in drawers and cabinets where we could find available storage.
But I think it’s just so incredibly exhausting, to literally having to turn the drawer upside down each time you’re looking for something.
And I’ve really lost count of how many times I’ve bought more sugar, and then later on to find 3 packs of sugar hidden in the way back of the drawer or cabinet.
That’s really so typical!
But now that we’re finally starting to settle into our new home. I really see the need for a more organized system in the kitchen.
So it was about time we got more organized in the kitchen again! And the first project was to finally declutter and organize our dry-goods kitchen drawer.
How I finally got my organized kitchen drawer!
I knew I wanted containers in different sizes, and with a see-through lid so we could easily see what was in the drawer. I went looking in some different stores, but couldn’t really find what I knew I was looking for.
Of course, IKEA ends up saving the day! Is there really anything you can’t find at that store? I love these containers, just what I was looking for!
The containers are from Ikea’s series called TILLSLUTA. They come in a range of different sizes, and they’re all a perfect fit and can also be stacked.
(*Unfortunately, Ikea has now discontinued the TILLSLUTA product line in the US. Have a look at Ikea’s 365 series or you can find similar containers in different sizes here.)
Container options for organizing the kitchen drawer
Click on any of the images for the full information regarding size options and other details.
So I ended up buying some large containers, some tall containers and a couple of small ones as well.
I bought the container sizes that would work out best for the different dry food I wanted to store, such as spaghetti, rice, flour, cereal, oatmeal and so on.
I made sure to properly measure the drawer before I bought the containers, just to be sure that the containers would fit. And of course, it’s always a good idea to make sure to fully take advantage and maximize the use of the storage space in the drawer.
And this is how my organized kitchen drawer turned out in the end! Isn’t it just pretty?! I LOVE it, and it’s super easy to keep. Mostly because I’ve used EVERY single inch available in the drawer, so there’s actually no room for it to get messy again.
I also decided to make some simple labels to put on the lids. On the labels I wrote down what was inside the container, cooking instructions and other relevant information.
You can use a simple program such as MS Words or Canva to design your own labels, and easily have them printed out on these.
So finally my dreadful kitchen drawer is no longer a horrible nightmare, but just the most organized drawer in the entire kitchen.
Really loved how it turned out! And now there’s only the rest of the kitchen to tackle… let’s just save that for another day I think!
If you loved this idea, be sure to pin it for later on your Kitchen Organization board on Pinterest!
If you enjoyed reading this,(which I hope you did!) But you’re still craving more kitchen organizing ideas, be sure to read these as well.